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President Donald Trump and
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  • President Donald Trump attacked General Motors over the
    automaker’s shake-up announced Monday.
  • GM will stop producing cars at the plants in Ohio, Michigan,
    and Ontario, Canada.
  • They better damn well open a new plant there very
    quickly,” Trump said, referring to the Ohio plant.
  • Trump previously promised that the jobs at the Ohio plant
    were “all coming back.” 

President Donald Trump shot back at General Motors on Monday
after the automaker
announced it would stop producing cars
at three North
American plants — two in the US — and lay off 15% of its salaried
workforce.

Trump
told The Wall Street Journal
that the automaker should stop
making cars in China and open a new plant in Ohio instead. The GM
plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is one of the three factories that will
no longer produce cars under the company’s new plan.

They better damn well open a new plant there very
quickly,” Trump told the Journal.

The president said that he spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra on
Sunday night about the cuts and offered a warning to the
executive.

“I love Ohio. I told them, ‘You’re playing around with the
wrong person,'” he said.

Trump has long promised to bring back manufacturing jobs to
the Midwest. He held a rally near the GM plant in Ohio in 2017.
At that time, GM had already made layoffs at the Lordstown plant
and cut factory hours to just one shift. During the rally,

Trump promised the jobs
were “all coming back.”

Trump was not the first politician to attack GM’s decision:

Ohio lawmakers in both parties
blasted the
announcement.

In addition to the Ohio changes, GM will also cease
production at plants in Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The company
did not announce the exact fate of the workers at those plants,
as the automaker must still negotiate a deal with the auto
unions. In total, the three plants employ around 6,700
workers.

GM said that the factory changes and workforce reductions
were part of a long-term restructuring effort and declining
demand for sedans. According to the company, the changes will
save $4.5 billion by the end of 2020.

In a gaggle with reporters as Trump was departing the White
House for Mississippi, the president also suggested that Barra
could replace the Ohio factory’s current production of the
low-selling Chevrolet Cruze with other work.

I
think she’s going to put 
something back in
soon,” Trump said. “
That car is not selling,
it’s 
the Cruze, Chevy Cruze. It’s not selling,
but hopefully 
she’s going to come back and
put 
something.”

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